Constipation is a common gastrointestinal occurrence that is defined by often having fewer than three bowel movements a week, having a difficult time passing stools, having stools that are lumpy or hard, or having a feeling of being blocked or of not having fully emptied your bowels.
Presentation[edit | edit source]
Prevalence[edit | edit source]
- Katrina Berne reports a prevalence of 50-90% for IBS symptoms (including diarrhea, nausea, gas, and abdominal pain).
- 81.8% - 85.6% of the 2073 patients in a Belgian study of 2001 reported gastrointestinal disturbance.
Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
Possible causes[edit | edit source]
- Imbalance of gut flora (often due to antibiotics)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low fiber diet
- Metabolic changes
- Parasitic infections
- Side effect of methylation
- Side effect of medication
Potential treatments[edit | edit source]
- Adequate hydration
- High fiber diet/fiber supplementation
See also[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Concerned About Constipation?". National Institute on Aging. Retrieved Jul 10, 2019.
- Berne, Katrina (Dec 1, 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915
- De Becker, Pascale; McGregor, Neil; De Meirleir, Kenny (December 2001). "A definition‐based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Internal Medicine. 250 (3): 234–240. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.2001.00890.x.